Every Ounce of Me is Tired, But I Won’t Give Up

Today I lost my patience. I told my students I am burnt out. I told them I am tired of talking to black screens. Tired of having my questions unanswered.

Every ounce of me is tired. Tired of fighting; of the power struggle that feels like a black hole. I feel like I am running in circles. I am working hard to get students to succeed and I don’t always feel like my hard work is paying off.

But, here’s the thing…

I do it all because I care. I do it because I believe that the students can succeed. I believe that they will succeed. I do it because I refuse to give up on anyone.

I know that parents of school-age children are tired of hearing from the teachers. I know you’re tired of the message saying that he didn’t complete the work or she didn’t show up on zoom or google meet.

Students, I know you are tired of our incessant nagging. Our constant reminders to complete the work or prepare better for assessments.

But when we stop emailing, private chatting, calling home and checking in -it means we have given up. It means we no longer care.

I pray that we don’t get there. We don’t want to go down that road.

So we will keep checking in. We will keep private chatting, emailing, and calling home. We will continue to check in because we care.

We won’t give up on you. Please don’t give up on us.

Sincerely, the teachers.

Andrea Smolin
Andrea Smolinhttps://www.facebook.com/mommyto3littlemen/ 
Andrea is a Resource Teacher in Virginia Beach, wife to a police officer, and mommy to three wild and amazing little men. She is passionate about working hard, equality, and living a healthy life. She is a lover of all things- especially when they involve caffeine and wine. Her work has been featured through Her View from Home, Scary Mommy-It’s Personal, Motherly, Today Parents, Kidspot, Reader's Digest, Red Mill Living, Pregnancy Corner, Kindness Matters, and Love What Matters. When she isn't dreaming of saving the world, she is chasing after her three boys. Follow her on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mommyto3littlemen/ or on Twitter @Andreapsmolin

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